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- File Size : 1611 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 344 pages
- Publisher : Gurian Institute Press (February 1, 2017)
- Publication Date : February 1, 2017
- ASIN : B01N9K1OVH
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Best Sellers Rank: #388,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. Boys commit suicide at 4x the rate of girls.
2. Boys age 17 and younger are 9x more likely to be incarcerated than girls.
3. Boys are far more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
I found particularly striking the following conclusions. The discussions on these topics are must-reads.
1. "Boys mature their social-emotional brain pathways and centers as much from non-intervention by adults as intervention; if we want them to grow
up all, we must intervene much less in their normal behavior than we currently do."
2. "American digital life can be a matter of life or death for our boys... Technology can be a neurotoxin."
3. "A good standard of screen use should be character and moral development... If your son is getting too little character development in his real
life, curtail his media use and get him into communities and programs that develop character."
4. "Be developmental rather than judgmental as your sons make mistakes..."
Saving Our Sons is an easy-to-read and practical guide for helping our sons and, as a father of four boys, I highly recommend it.
So often, the general reader is put off by the theoretical squares, circles and angles of experts who write as if they were addressing each other. Not so with Michael Gurian. In this book, no theory
stands by itself. For example, in the critical chapter, “The Digital Boy” most readers will surely recognize their own and the “younger generation’s” identification of well-being by cell phone “ competence” (read: addiction). When is it, Gurian asks, “right to give him a cell phone”?
Video games, testosterone, even Grand Theft Auto, find a place in Gurian’s practical guidelines for families in the digital era.
Another positive and important feature of “Saving our Sons” is Gurian’s exploration of bullying. Is there a parent in this world who has not been touched by this problem, sometimes directly with their children, or by school policy debates? Yet another practical aspect of bullying is counseling—its importance, its limits, and especially how the parent or parents relate.
Then, are there practical solutions? Chapter Five, “Male Nurturance” takes on this really thorny family problem—which, let’s face it, can cause deep tension between males and females/fathers and mothers. What is the line between nurturing and coddling—is there a line? Recognizing—and accepting—the profound differences between male and female brains, a theme throughout the book, provides many of the needed answers.